Mulch created through the chipping of storm debris is piling up on city property but city officials cannot do anything with it as yet.

Several area residents inquiring about the availability of mulch have been turned away street superintendent Donnie Hardin said last week.

Hardin said the reason is because a federal disaster declaration for Logan County in the aftermath of the early December ice storm means the city will reap funds for recovery efforts through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

To substantiate their claim, city officials must be able to show FEMA officials the result of the cleanup efforts and those officials have advised the city to retain all mulch until the verification process is complete. Specifically the recovery payment will be on a per cubic yard basis Hardin said.

Hardin said that is not likely to be until some time in April, but "once that is done we’ll be able to start hauling it out."